Aggressive white leghorn

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Slbeaty, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Slbeaty

    Slbeaty Chirping

    Apr 10, 2014
    Benton, AR
    I have 9 hens, 2 leghorns, 2 easter eggers, 2 black australorp, 2red sex link, and 1 barred rock. All are 22-23 weeks, my leghorn was first to lay an egg and she lays one pretty much daily, the 2 sex link have started laying as well. I understand the pecking order and my leghorn is first in line no doubt, but she is so mean, attacks all of the other chickens when they try to eat. The 2 leghorns are my least favorite, they have never been personable like all of the rest, and honestly if she wasn't such a good layer I would probably give her away. Is it normal for her to be so hateful?
  2. smarsh2

    smarsh2 Songster

    Sep 1, 2009
    i am afraid this is the nature of the breed. they are not as friendly or as docile as many other breeds and they are aggressive. this behavior will likely subside some in time. they are at the age when the pecking order is being established. but she will likely always be more aggressive than you would prefer. you will likely find the EEs near the bottom. In time you will likely find the most aggressive hens will be a step or two from the bottom, they will pick specifically on the hen or hens below them. I suspect this is added effort to stay off the bottom or venting from a feeling inferiority. you have a good number of hens there. you could relieve the pressure with more leg room and/or extra feeding stations. she can't guard them all. i personally would never have leghorns in a backyard situation but that is a personal opinion. They can't be beat in the commercial egg world.
  3. Slbeaty

    Slbeaty Chirping

    Apr 10, 2014
    Benton, AR
    That is what I was afraid of, this is our first time with chickens, lol. I do have 3 different feeding bins for them but they all seem to migrate to the one. I may eventually give the leghorns away, I just love all the other girls, I can just sit and watch them for hours. Thank you for the information :)
  4. Julia62

    Julia62 Songster

    Jun 18, 2014
    Reno, NV
    We have 1 Leghorn, 1 EE, and 2 Wyandottes and the Leghorn (Mrs. Howell) is the most aggressive and definitely top chicken even though the EE (Ginger) in bigger.

    They all do well eating and sleeping on the roost though.
  5. ShockValue

    ShockValue Songster

    Jan 10, 2010
    West Sound, Washington
    You might try removing the leghorns from the group for a week. This will force them to re-establish the pecking order and knock them down a rung or 2.

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